FAKE NEWS: Batten SLAMS Sun Story Saying Tommy Being Lined Up For Leader
Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP Leader, has slammed a story that was published in The Sun citing ‘senior sources’ within UKIP saying that Tommy Robinson is being ‘lined-up’ as UKIP Leader.
Mr Batten, on Twitter, said that the story is a lie “from start to finish”. It quotes unnamed sources:
“Insiders said plans for a party-wide ballot on lifting the ban for Robinson to join is part of a longer-term strategy to make him Ukip leader so the party can benefit from his huge backing across the country.
“One senior source said: “This is Gerard’s ultimate plan.” Another said: “Gerard only listens to Tommy Robinson. They’re best buddies.
“A prominent figure added: “It would explain why Gerard is so keen to get Tommy Robinson in as a member before next leadership contest, due in April.”
UKIP’s NEC is due to discuss the timing of the next leadership contest this weekend. Last year, Batten was elected unopposed and he pledged to serve only one year of the usual alloted four year term. In his reply to the article, Batten pointed out that the ‘senior sources’ are positioning themselves ahead of this contest and that any candidate for leader should have “years of loyalty & work behind them”:
Fake news! The story is a lie from start to finish. The ‘senior sources‘ within the Party are people attempting to position themselves for the leadership contest when my term ends. No one should be UKIP leader without years of loyalty & work behind them. https://t.co/0GLmB3kGOO
— Gerard Batten MEP (@GerardBattenMEP) January 3, 2019
In a press release, Batten continued:
“I am focusing all of my energy on making UKIP stronger and pressing Mrs May to deliver the exit from the European Union that 17.4 million Britons voted for. Under my leadership in 2018, the party was rescued from financial collapse, membership rose by over 8,000 and we have risen in the polls.
“I will do everything I can to continue this upward trend in 2019. UKIP is the only party that stands for a full and complete exit from the European Union.”
It seems regardless of what the NEC says at the weekend, the leadership contest has already started for some and what is more they are launching their own Project Fear.
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